TD GARDEN — In a game where Celtics All-Star point guard Kemba Walker made his awaited return to Brad Stevens’ starting lineup, the New York Knicks handed Boston its worst loss of the regular season.
The shorthanded Celtics fell behind early, surrendering an early double-digit deficit in the first half. New York’s 5-0 run after halftime triggered a quick timeout from Brad Stevens but when the Celtics couldn’t stop the bleeding and were held to 15 third-quarter points, the Knicks cruised to an old fashion – 105-75 – blowout win unscathed.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with a team-high 25 points on 9-of-20 attempts from the floor, including 3-of-9 from deep, Marcus Smart added 10 and Walker finished with 9 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and five turnovers.
Walker’s performance was a promising one, considering his aggressive approach and how active he was in attacking the rim.
While it didn’t materialize into a victory, having Kemba back into the fold can only propel the Celtics’ offense, as a whole, in the long-run.